The outcome is simple and familiar, the execution, on the other hand, is poetic in so many levels. The mix of these apparently dissociated crafts is ingenious and extremely compelling.
The flower head at the center is called LilyPad Arduino. It is a microcontroller board designed for wearables and e-textiles that can be sewn to fabric and similarly mounted power supplies, sensors and actuators with conductive thread. The LilyPad Arduino was designed and developed by Leah Buechley and SparkFun Electronics.
Working with the LilyPad Arduino, and in true embroidery sampler fashion, Rebecca Stern composed this circuit to see what she could do. The embroidery uses traditional floss and techniques mixed with lights and sounds generated by the onboard software. The amount of light sensed by the sensor changes the speed and pitch of the lights and sounds generated, with more light increasing the overall pace.